Nashville Heroes Honored in Franklin, Tenn.

February 10, 2012

Ford Credit and Red Cross Honor Nashville Heroes

Nashville Heroes are Dedicated Red Cross Blood Donors



(Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 10, 2012)       


Ford Credit Company and the American Red Cross honored 52 Nashville Heroes during a celebration Feb. 9 at its Nashville Business Center in Franklin, Tenn.


The American Red Cross defines Nashville Heroes as blood donors who participate in four out of five of their employer’s annual blood drives. 


In 2011, Ford Credit helped the Red Cross collect 351 pints of blood, more than any Williamson County blood drive.  The company ranks third among corporate blood drive sponsors and 20th among all sponsors in the Tennessee Valley Region, which includes middle Tennessee, southwestern Kentucky and parts of Illinois and Missouri.  Ford Credit 2011 blood drives potentially helped more than 1,000 people, since each pint can save up to three lives.


“I continue to be amazed at the passion Ford Credit Nashville Heroes have in making a difference in the lives of our community.  For 20 years, our Heroes have sacrificed their time to donate blood to help their neighbors, friends, family members and perhaps co-workers.  They are a great example of sincere and selfless kindness," said Evelyn Sanders, director, Nashville Business Center.


In addition to recognizing the Heroes, Ford Credit received a plaque from the Red Cross in celebration of its 20th year of holding blood drives.  Drue Hackney, former donor recruitment representative for Williamson County, presented the plaque.  Sean Armstrong, donor recruitment supervisor, and Lynn Smith, donor recruitment representative for Williamson County, were also on hand.


Jennifer Schultz, the keynote speaker, told the Heroes that blood transfusions have been critical in her son’s battle against acute myeloid leukemia (AML).  Today, her son’s cancer is in remission.


Pictured (left to right):  Jennifer Schultz (ARC); Drue Hackney (ARC); Michael Vitt; Wendy Runnion; Evan Spicer; Garry Allison (ARC); James Hazelwood; Carrey Roberts; Lynn Smith (ARC); Sean Armstrong (ARC).


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at